ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Networking is an essential skill for building a career and finding new opportunities. According to HubSpot, 85 percent of all jobs are filled through it. When it comes to moving up the career ladder, who you know matters. However, it can be intimidating and there are some rules you should always follow.
The first rule of networking is to never wait. Many people don’t start it until they’ve lost their jobs but effective networking means creating relationships while you’re still employed. Also, always be prepared. Practice what you’ll say and be ready to give examples of your successes. Make sure you dress professionally and have business cards on hand as well.
While in-person networking is often effective, don’t forget about virtual options. According to a LinkedIn report, about 35 percent of participants said a casual conversation through LinkedIn messaging led to a new opportunity. Also, remember it is a two-way street. See if there’s anything you can help your contacts with.
According to LinkedIn, though 79 percent of professionals say that it is valuable for career progression, only 48 percent consistently keep in touch with their contacts.
Contributors to this news report include: Marsha Lewis, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.
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